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Warning Over Possible Landslides


7:53am 10th January 2014
(Updated 7:57am 10th January 2014)

Local authorities are warning people there's an increased risk of landslides along the Dorset coast following the severe storms.

Rough seas, persistent rain and strong winds have battered the county over the past week.

Dorset has become accustomed to landslides and rock falls along the coastline over the past few years. They can occur quickly and suddenly and sometimes have tragic consequences.

That's why Weymouth and Portland Borough Council is urging people to stick to official coastal routes and avoid walking on the cliff tops.

Officials say the coast path is muddy and slippery in places and the risk of cliff erosion has been heightened.

The far western end of the esplanade at West Bay is currently closed which means there is no access to and from Eype along the beach.

Cllr Robert Gould, Leader of West Dorset District Council, said: "The Jurassic Coast is a fantastic place to enjoy, but we remind anyone visiting the area that they should explore with common sense and caution.

"Please remember to pay attention to any messages and signs around the coast and not to take any unnecessary risks."

Cllr Ian Roebuck, Brief Holder for Environment and Sustainability at Weymouth & Portland Borough Council, said: "We advise people to stay away from the cliff tops and the base of cliffs as cliff falls can happen at any time.

"Do not walk or climb over landslide or cliff fall debris, especially during and after wet weather as it is easy to get stuck in mud and quicksand."

More information about landslides and rock falls can be found at www.dorsetforyou.com/410768

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